The 41 student-athletes are the most ever in Mountain West sponsored sports only
The 75 honorees is the third most since the Falcons joined the MW in 1999-2000
Personal-Best Marks – 1500m: 3:48.64a | Mile: 4:09.46a
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2016-17: Competed in the 1500-meter run and mile events...raced the 1500-meter distance four times during the outdoor season...won the Air Force Twilight Open with a career-best time of 3:48.64 (adjusted for altitude)...ranked second on the team in 2017...also earned a first-place finish in that event at the Jack Christiansen Invitational (3:50.24a)...ran the mile during four indoor events...clocked a career-best time of 4:09.46a to finish second at the Air Force Team Challenge...ranked third on the team...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2015-16: Competed in the 1500-meter run four times during the outdoor season...clocked a career-best time of 3:50.82a to win the Air Force Twilight Open...MW Scholar-Athlete.
MAJOR CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS: Helped Air Force to a 15th-place finish in the team standings at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships...also counted as a scoring runner on the men’s team that finished second at the MW Championships that year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lakewood High School...five-time all-conference selection in track and cross country...earned all-state honors in track...finished second in the 1600-meter run at the Colorado state championships...served as captain of both the cross country and track teams...earned MVP honors in cross country as a senior...state qualifier in cross country...qualified to the state track meet in the 800-meter run, 1600-meter run and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay...set the school record in the 1600-meter run (4:21)...other Personal-Best Marks include 1:57 in the 800-meter run and 9:50 in the 3200-meter run...named Lakewood Scholar-Athlete as a senior...earned IB diploma...member of the National Honor Society...voted “Coolest Kid” in senior class...named to the High Honor Roll all four years.
PERSONAL: Full name is Zachary Noah Riley...goes by Noah...son of Bruce and Lisa Riley...has one older sister, Skye...majoring in political science...earning a minor in Spanish...future plans include becoming an intelligence officer in the Air Force and an underwater Zumba instructor after retirement...has served as Assistant Standardization and Evaluation Clerk...named to the Superintendent’s List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...has also been named to the Commandant’s List and Dean’s List ...nickname is “Big-Boned”, but would like to add “I’m not fat”...hobbies include telling Andrew Tankersley that he isn’t funny, beating teammates in basketball, searching for Jinx in the wild, race walking and consoling Jacob Bilvado when he’s down...favorite quote is by Jameis Winston (and I said, we said, I said ... are we scrong? They said ‘I’m scrong, if you’re scrong’. I said ‘we scrong then’.)...spent one month in Chile with the Cadet Summer Language Immersion Program...also “instructed the nature-walking section” of Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET)...member of Cadet Squadron 16.